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COUNTY VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

HUNTERDON COUNTY

DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION
DEPARTMENT OF LAND USE AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Volunteer Opportunities

For additional information on all programs and events, contact the
Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation at 908-782-1158 or via email at: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us 

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*Note the times listed are the event times; volunteer shifts may begin before the event and end after the event.

 

EVENTS

Maple Sugaring Living History – (Saturday, March 8, 2014 open house / 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM / Echo Hill) (March 5, 6, & 7 school & group field trips / 9:00 am to 5:00 pm / Echo Hill) During the event… cook and serve pancakes and talk about maple products.  Play a station charter: the naturalist, the Native American, the frontiersman, or the evaporator tender.  Before the event (February weekdays) help collect sap.  Please contact Laura Kroon at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Earth Day Volunteers – (Saturday, April 26, 2014 / 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM / Deer Path Park) Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions throughout the day—many volunteers are needed to man the carnival-type games, setup/cleanup, parking, craft tables, clicker/ attendance counter, park information table, prize table, canoe clinics, and photographer.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Annual Arboretum Plant Sale – (Saturday, May 10 / 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM / Arboretum) Assist Gardener Jason to sell plants, assist shoppers, write-up invoices, and load plants.  Please contact Jason Strauss at (908) 782-1158. 

Public Lands Day – Invasive Plant Pull – (Saturday, May 31, 2014 / 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM / Hoffman Park / ages 12 through adult) Help continue to combat invasive water chestnut that is growing in the ponds at Hoffman Park.  While floating in canoes we will hand-pull the water chestnut plant from the ponds.  Volunteers should bring rubber gloves and waders if they have them (please do not purchase them for this event).  There may be additional tasks as well.  Come help with this important effort!  A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided.  Please contact Laura Kroon at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series – (Thursdays, June 26 through August 14 / 7:00 to 9:00 PM / Deer Path Park) Help County Rangers park cars.  Assist manager with concert tasks.  Please contact Patrick Eckard at (908) 782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

4H & Agricultural Fair – (August 21-24, 2014 / South County Park) Volunteers needed to man the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation information booth.  (Wednesday through Sunday, three- or four- hour shifts available from 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM weekdays, 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM Saturday or 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday.  Please contact Patrick Eckard at 908-782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Trails Day Event – (TBA, September 2014 / 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM /ages 12 through adult / location TBA) Participate in a trails or invasive species project!  More information to be announced in the beginning of September.  Individuals and groups who would like to volunteer for Public Lands Day or receive more information should contact Patrick Eckard at 908-782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

Touch- a-Truck Day(Saturday, November 1, 2014 / 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM / Deer Path Park)       We need cool vehicle owners to bring their cool vehicles to share with the general public.  Many volunteers are needed for a variety of positions throughout the day—parking, greeters, hospitality, vehicle babysitting, Mr. lunch break, train ticket taker, clicker, setup/cleanup.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

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PROGRAMS

Nature Club Assistant – (spring, winter, and fall at Echo Hill / spring and fall at Teetertown… formerly known as Mountain Farm). Assist Park Naturalist with group of eight 4-6 year olds as they do nature activities.  Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:00 AM, 1:00-2:30 PM, and 4:00-5:15 PM at Echo Hill.  Thursdays 9:30–11:00 AM and 1:00-2:30 PM at Teetertown.  Must be willing to commit to at least one of the time slots for an entire 8-week session.  Please contact Laura Kroon at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Basketry Workshop – (spring, fall, and winter / Arboretum) Assist basket instructor with large groups, prepare material, set-up, and teach basketry.  Most programs run weekdays 6:00 PM—10:00 PM, but some are on Saturdays or weekdays during the day.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Canoe Program – Assist canoe leader staff with canoe trips and clinics.  Includes loading equipment, assisting participants, loading and unloading canoes.  Some experience necessary. Please contact Patrick Eckard at 908-782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Your Program – Share your knowledge, abilities and/or experiences. Would you like to offer a program to your community? Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

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SUMMER CAMPS

Craft Camp – (July 14 to 18 / 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM / Arboretum) Assistant to counselor, helping with  material preparation, set-up and instruction of a multitude of crafts, using a multitude of media.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Creative Theater Camp – (August 18 to 22 and/or August 25 to 29 / 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM and Friday until 7:00 PM / Echo Hill) Assistant to counselor.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Gardening Camp Assistant – (Monday through Wednesday, June 23 to 25 / 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM / Arboretum) We are looking for a volunteer who likes working with children and the earth.  Please contact Jason Strauss at (908) 782-1158.

Performance Camp Counselors-in-Training (CIT) – (June 23 to 27, July 21 to 25, and July 28 to August 1/ 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Friday until 7:00 PM / Deer Path Park) A volunteer opportunity for teens entering 9th through 12th grades.  CITs can volunteer from one, two, or all three weeks.  A great opportunity for on-the-job-experience and a boost for your resume.  CITs must attend a training session on Tuesday, June 10 at 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM and will be offered an opportunity to take a CPR class.  To apply: submit an Individual Volunteer Application with attached recommendation from a teacher or employer.  You can pick up an application at the Arboretum or from our website www.co.hunterdon.nj.us (Click on “Volunteer Opportunities.”)  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Performance Camp Counselor – (July 7 to 11, July 14 to 15, and July 28 to August / 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Friday until 7:00 PM / Deer Path Park) Assistant to counselor, helping to supervise children second through ninth grades and high school aged counselors-in-training (CITs).  Manage set and prop design, run arts and crafts projects, and assist with the theatre production.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Summer Nature Program Counselors-in-Training (CIT) – A volunteer opportunity for teens entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.  We will select several Counselors-in-Training for each of our two Summer Nature Camp sites (Echo Hill and Mountain Farm).  Have fun outdoors while building your resume.  CITs are required to attend an evening training session June 5 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Arboretum. CITs will work Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and must be able to commit to two weeks during the camp season.  To apply: Submit an Individual Volunteer Application with a letter of recommendation from a teacher or employer.  Applications available at the Arboretum or on our web site www.co.hunterdon.nj.us (click on “Volunteer Opportunities.”)  Please contact Laura Kroon at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us or tsheppard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

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Scout Groups – The Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation accepts the kindness of scout groups looking to offer community service, including those scouts working on Eagle or Gold projects.  Please contact Patrick Eckard at (908) 782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Trail Maintenance – Please contact Patrick Eckard at (908) 782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Garden Maintenance – Please contact Jason Strauss at (908) 782-1158.

Bluebird House Monitoring – We are seeking volunteers to monitor bluebird houses in the County Parks. Includes checking for nesting success at the end of the nesting season, as well as cleaning out old nests and repairing or reinstalling houses that fall down.  Please contact Laura Kroon at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Survey Project – We are seeking volunteers to walk one of our parks twice a month to record what species they see each time, whether it is plants, fungi, mammals, birds, insects, etc.  Volunteers do not need to be an expert on all nature topics; however, they should have a basic knowledge of at least one of the categories of plants or animals.  We are building a database of all species living in our parks from volunteer and employee observations.  Please contact Tom Sheppard at (908) 782-1158 or tsheppard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

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